Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading

This bibliography was created by Sharon Hoover and Melissa Ryan. They know that the existing work, though large, is incomplete, and they invite interested scholars, readers, and students to submit new works to the bibliography. To do so, please contact the editor of the Willa Cather Archive at . Any resource that attempts to be comprehensive depends upon a community of scholars, readers, and other interested parties.

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Total Number of Entries in Reading Bibliography: 1056

    The Holy War

  1. Author: Bunyan, John
    Title: The Holy War
    Date: 1763 ed.
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In Sapphira and the Slave Girl, Henry Colbert "took from the shelf a book he often read, John Bunyan's Holy War, -- a copy printed in Glasgow in 1763." He reads the passage beginning "Also things began to grow scarce in Mansoul," and continues with "When the town of Mansoul had thus far rid themselves of their enemies." In reading, "he found consolation. An honest man, who had suffered much, was speaking to him of things about which he could not unbosom himself to anyone." In Sapphira and the Slave Girl, Henry Colbert "found a comforter in John Bunyan, who also had been troubled." In "The Professor's Comencement," Emerson Graves recalls The Holy War late at night, and as he does so, he worries about which "captains" shall replace him.
    Note Source: Sapphira and the Slave Girl Book VI Chap. 3; Sapphira and the Slave Girl Book II Chap. 1; Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 286